NMSU Volleyball Defeats Utah Valley 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Savannah Davison recorded 17 kills and the New Mexico State volleyball team won its 10th-straight match 27-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-13 to stay unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play at the Pan American Center on Thursday night.

Both teams showed up ready to battle with Cat Kelly only scoring the first point after a long rally from both teams. After the Aggies (18-3, 9-0 WAC) opened the set with a 6-1 lead, UVU (8-13, 5-4) came roaring back to take a 13-9 lead. The two teams continued to battle until the Aggie deficit was 21-19. It looked like the Aggies would go on a run to end the set from after kills from Megan Hart, Kelly and Brigette Lowe gave NM State a 23-21 advantage.

However, the Wolverines went on a run of their own and found themselves at set point with a 23-24 lead. Then, Lowe stepped up for a kill and Natalie Mikels fired a service ace to put the Aggies on match point. After an attack error tied the score again, UVU posted a service error and Davison smoked a kill to give set one to the Aggies 27-25.

The second set was a battle, much like the first, with neither side taking a clear advantage. New Mexico State found its self on set point twice but was unable to finish either time and UVU closed the set on a 3-0 run to take set two 28-26.

The Aggies got off to a hot start in the third set, opening a 5-1 lead but Utah Valley continued to climb back in it, closing to 10-8. Then, NM State went on a 5-0 run with kills from Kelly and Anselmo to extend its lead to 15-8. However, UVU refused to go away, making it a two-point set at 21-19. With the momentum shifting back to the Wolverines, Kelly posted a kill before two more big swings from Davison gave the Aggies set three, 25-19.

The fourth set was much like the rest of the match with the Aggies jumping out to a big lead before UVU went on a run to take an 11-10 lead. Lia Mosher then crushed a kill that sparked a 5-0 Aggie run to give them a 15-10 lead. Later in the set, with NM State leading 20-15, Utah Valley put on a 5-0 run of its own to tie up the set. The two sides traded points and were tied 23-23 after a kill from the Wolverine’s Kazna Tarawhiti before a UVU service error. Then, Julianna Salanoa and Anselmo teamed up to block Tarawhiti to give the Aggies the 25-23 set four victory and a 3-1 win over UVU.

Davison was on fire all night as the redshirt-sophomore crushed 17 kills and recorded 18 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Kelly recorded 14 kills with Hart adding 10 and Anselmo posting nine. Anselmo and Hart also added five blocks each. The Aggie setters, Mikels and Krysten Garrison, also had big nights with Mikels finishing with 26 assists and Garrison with 22.

As a squad, NM State out-hit UVU .188 to .132 with just four service errors to seven for the Wolverines.

New Mexico State is back in action when it returns to the Pan American Center to take on WAC foe Seattle U on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. (MT). As always, students receive free entry to all Aggie volleyball matches with a valid student I.D.